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The world of coffee

I don’t believe that it is oil that our culture is based on. Rather, I am convinced that coffee is the black gold that holds our world together at its core and without which it would perish.

And even if this is perhaps a little exaggerated, the fact is that coffee has done far more for our cultural and intellectual history than any other raw material before it (except perhaps ink).

For it is not for nothing that coffee has been called the “milk of thinkers and chess players” since time immemorial.

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Cultural histories of European coffee house culture.

Stories and recipes from more than 300 years of European coffee tradition.

Who invented Irish coffee? What actually is a muckefuck, why do we get a glass of water with our coffee or when was the first coffee house built in Europe?
And does cold coffee really make you beautiful?

Let yourself be seduced by stories and anecdotes about coffee, listen to the words of Balzac, Voltaire or Stefan Zweig. And get to know the world of coffee in a completely new way.


Irish coffee was invented in 1942 by the young chef Joe Sheridan.



The Italian latte macchiato consists of three layers, which should not mix with each other.



By the way, a cappuccino with whipped cream is no longer called a cappuccino, but a “Franziskaner”!





The French writer Honoré de Balzac drank up to 50 cups of coffee a day!



To this day, the preparation of Bicerin coffee is a closely guarded secret.



By the way, the glass of water with the coffee is not meant for drinking!



Definitely worth seeing!

The most beautiful coffee houses in Europe

Caffè Florian

Opened in 1720 under the arcades of the Procuratie Nuove, Caffè Florian is the oldest coffee house in Venice.

Cafè Sacher

The Hotel Sacher is located right behind the Vienna State Opera. The world-famous Sacher Torte also comes from here.

Café de Flore

In the artists’ quarter of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is probably the most famous coffee house in Paris, the Café de Flore.

Grand Café

The Grand Café in Oxford is said to be the oldest café in Britain.

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